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SDCC has come and gone, and I’m still catching up on missed sleep. While the Collective crew has posted articles on cosplay, fantasy, and comics, amongst other things, today I’m going to write about my first SDCC experience through the lens of a fan who is passionate about equal representation.

Although the big studios and franchises are the real marketable draw for a convention as large and prominent as Comic Con International, the smaller panels beckon to me because I’m as interested in discussing current trends and tropes in popular culture as seeing the new Batman v. Supermantrailer. Through the smaller panels, I feel that a more accurate portrait is painted of what is happening in the entertainment industry.